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UW-Eau Claire Forensics Team Finishes
Strong at National Forensics Association Tournament

RELEASED: May 7, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team placed seventh in the National Forensics Association National Tournament held April 19-23 at Berry College in Rome, Ga.

The team also won the Seth Hawkins Traveling Founders Trophy. Karen Morris, forensics director, said the plaque is given each year to the team who has accumulated the most points over a period of time. Once a team wins the trophy, the team points return to zero. UW-Eau Claire last won the award in 1994, and each team since then has contributed to earning this year's award, Morris said.

Senior Christine Zani, Hurley, also placed 16th in overall individual sweepstakes.

Following are the individual results from the NFA:

Quarterfinalists were junior Hilary Rasmussen, Eau Claire, and Zani in duo interpretation; Zani in prose interpretation and persuasive speaking; and senior Amy Oldakowski, Sobieski, in persuasive speaking.

Semifinalist was Zani in informative speaking.

Zani also made it to finals by placing fourth in the nation in communication analysis.

Freshman Paul Gilleland, Fall Creek, placed first in an experimental event titled Original Shakespeare. This was the first year the event was offered and 11 students from eight schools participated.

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